Reports: Cardinals don’t plan to exercise Matt Holliday’s 2017 option

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Matt Holliday from the disabled list, and the veteran outfielder could make his final appearance with the team this weekend.

Holliday broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11. The Cardinals informed the slugger this week that it's not planning to pick up their $17 million option on his contract for 2017.

Manager Mike Matheny says he plans to use the 36-year-old Holliday as a pinch hitter in one of the three final games against Pittsburgh.

Holliday signed a $120 million, seven-year contract after the 2010 season that remains the largest in Cardinals history. He helped the team win the 2011 World Series, the 2013 National League pennant and reach the playoffs the past five seasons.